Dear Doctorate – year 2, week 46

Published on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 by DJ Kirkby

Dear Doctorate Diary

This seems to have become a monthly update, what a change from the beginning of my doctorate journey when I faithfully updated you each week.

I’ve not made time for much exercise the past couple months and that really does have to change. I managed to complete the Soggy Bottom triathlon without injury despite lack of training. Though I do have a niggly hamstring thing going on with which my left leg seems to shorten whenever I spend any time sitting. Not sure what to do about that….will see how it progresses.

I actually got away for a proper family  (zero work) holiday to Gibraltar for a week in June which was superb. I am still on holiday now but sadly I am now back to my usual working holiday, but at least I had one week completely work free.

I will be presenting my CILVRS Project to Parliament this month – I am excited and terrified in equal measures.

I survived a mock transfer viva and submitted the draft of my transfer report to the doctorate team for review. Once they have read it  (and hopefully not thrown me off the course), I will then complete it ready for the mid July submission  deadline. I then will spend my non working days each week throughout August preparing my Ethics Panel submission and preparing my transfer viva in Sept.

I need to complete an academic research article I am writing and get that submitted too as I have not submitted anything for publication this year. Tsk, tsk…. what have I been doing with all my time?

Seems like a lot to get through in just a few short weeks….here’s hoping it all goes to the above plan!


Week 46 in review: read week 42 by clicking here

Publishable doctorate words writtenVirtual health education: scaling practice to transform student learning article has been made available online by Nurse Education Today – click here for more info. Future Technologies Conference 2018 article NoObesity Apps – from approach to finished app has been published.  I’ve finished the draft of the second CILVRS article and plan to submit it to Nurse education in Practice.
Doctorate assignment words written – circa 9,500 of draft of transfer doc (go me!)
Cups of tea drunk –  Lost count, tea is so perfect, more tea please.
Miles run – Zero. The shame!
Kilometres swam – Many many, because holiday.
Miles kayaked – Zero, because holiday.
Miles cycled – Zero because holiday.
Cakes baked –  Check out my Instagram page or my recipe page for bakes.
Crafting  done- youngest’s trousers are still waiting to be sewn up but the transfer report writing has taken priority over that. Sorry son!
Books read for pleasure –  Manymanymany, because holiday.  (see 2019 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate –  Fail your viva by Nathan Ryder.
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – I Am Mother, also currently watching the Dark Matter series, one episode per day.
Articles read for doctorate –  The Robots Are Coming,
Blogs read for doctorate –  Virtual Heritage,
Research undertaken
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – None, though one of the CEMP team is looking at my transfer report draft, I guess that counts as a meeting of sorts?
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Assignment support dates and tutorials agreed for rest of year.
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – moderate
Overall average stress level – Low, because holiday.
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for  July.

  • Try to enjoy the last few days of my holiday without thinking about work emails.
  • Wait for feedback on transfer report draft.
  • Complete transfer report and submit.
  • Present CILVRS Project to Parliament.

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